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Old 08-20-2013, 10:07 PM   #1
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This is for people that have winches. I was thinking of getting a winch for my Jeep. I am just not sure I can justify the cost. My Jeep is about 50/50, 50% on road 50% off road. This is my first Jeep, but not my first off road vehicle. I never needed a winch in the past, so I and trying to figure out how much I would use it. Any comments are welcome.

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Old 08-21-2013, 10:03 AM   #2
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I have one because I do not want to be in a situation where I would be stuck without it. It has saved me a couple of times. Better prepared than walking a couple of miles to get help. IMHO

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Old 08-21-2013, 11:06 PM   #3
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I have a winch and I am always ready to help a fellow jeep if need be, and almost always glad to do so.......

However

I have often heard "I don't need a winch, by buddy(s) has a winch"

Most winches for OHV are not for continuous use, by comparison like a winch on a crane or winch truck that is used day in and day out. The OHV winch do not hve gears for continuous use. Also winches (most are 12 volt) are hard on the battery, winch relays, etc. and frankly are not made for many many many occurrences. If you ask most people who have a winch how often they use them, most will say less than 10 times a year.


Sorry a little cynical there, but there is a good point to be made.
Be a good buddy, get your own winch, learn how to use it, know it, take care of it, and make it your "baby"


This argument can also be made for OBA.

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Old 08-21-2013, 11:16 PM   #4
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Whats the difference between a $1,000 Warn and a $400 Quadratec? If i was going to use it once or twice a year because I dont do offroading as opposed to someone whose out every weekend and would most likely use it more often. Does anyone have experiences with these types of cheaper winches could let us know if its worth it?
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Old 08-23-2013, 02:13 PM   #5
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Whats the difference between a $1,000 Warn and a $400 Quadratec? If i was going to use it once or twice a year because I dont do offroading as opposed to someone whose out every weekend and would most likely use it more often. Does anyone have experiences with these types of cheaper winches could let us know if its worth it?
I can't say from personal experience, but the Quadratec catalog has a really good side-by-side comparison of similarly-capable winches from Warn, SuperWinch, Quadratec, etc. I'm sure it's on their site, as well.
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My take on this is that I would rather spend more for the piece of mind that a Warn gives me. Like many have said...its better to have and not need, than to need and not have. I would assume a winch is like most things in life...u get what u pay for. I would rather save longer and get a known quantity, than cheap out and settle. However, on that note, I really don't know how the cheaper winches will hold up over many years of running and hanging out in the elements. They just may prove to be very reliable, but again it comes down to piece of mind when I am out alone where God lost his shoes.
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I do have experience with the q9000. The winch has not been good, I have had Quadratec replace it twice and now have received credit for the 3rd one that I will spend towards a reliable winch. The customer service has been great but for the price it is not worth it. Thankfully on my last trip I was able to get help with a tow strap and a fellow keeper!

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